Prior to Western Carolina: Was a four-time All-Smoky Mountain Conference selection including an honorable mention as a freshman ... Was honored by the Asheville Citizen-Times three times with All-Western North Carolina team selections ... Was a two-time- first-team All-District honoree and twice named the Hayesville High School Male Athlete of the Year ... Supplanted his older brother, Zach, as the all-time leading scorer in Hayesville High history with 1,958 career points ... Averaged 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 3.0 steals per game as a senior ... Scored a school-record 704 points as a junior while also setting the single-game record with 46 points ... Over the season, averaged 28.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 steals per game for Hayesville ... As a sophomore scored 17.9 points per contest while helping lead the Yellow Jackets to a Smoky Mountain Conference title and a 23-5 record.
Personal: Is the son of Jenny and Michael Cottrell ... His father, Michael, played collegiate basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne after scoring over 2,500 career points as a prep ... His older brother, Zach, played men's basketball at Appalachian State. ... Grandfather, Steve Cottrell (145-133), coached at Western Carolina for 10 seasons from 1977-87, earning Southern Conference Coach of the Year plaudits in 1979-80 ... Uncle Todd Cottrell played football at Western Carolina while his aunt Laura played basketball at Clemson.